Reviewed by Mark Frye, author and reviewer for TeensReadToo.com
Former teacher and new author V. Gilbert Zabel has written a novel that hearkens back to simpler times in THE BASE STEALERS CLUB.
A tight circle of friends on a baseball team hone their skills on the diamond while also solving problems off the field, learning many valuable lessons in both settings.
While steamrolling their way through the regular season, the Jonesville Chargers' only apparent hardship is finding the culprit who has stolen money from their lockers during their games. Although the authorities become involved, it is the personal recommendations and plans of "The Base Stealers Club" - teammates Chevis, Ryan, and Dillon - that set the stage for finding the thief. But the resolution of the problem teaches the boys about the power of mercy over justice in this heartrending story.
With non-stop baseball action from a lifelong baseball fan, THE BASE STEALERS CLUB is that rare middle school fiction title that is suitable for younger readers and would be suitable for Christian fiction collections, as well.